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    PERFORMANCES and EVENTS

    1. WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE PRESENTS KATIE MCMAHON’S CELTIC CHRISTMAS - DECEMBER 12

    2. BALLET MINNESOTA PRESENTS THE CLASSIC NUTCRACKER - DECEMBER 19-21

    3. NUTCRACKER SCREENING AT AMC ROSEDALE - DECEMBER 21

    4. JAIME CARRERA PRESENTS ANTIHERO - JANUARY 10

    5. SOSSY MECHANICS PRESENTS TRICK BOXING - JANUARY 29 - FEBRUARY 8

    6. UNIVERSAL DANCE DESTINY & MINISTRY PRESENTS 10th ANNUAL WINTER SHOWCASE - JANUARY 31

    ONGOING CLASSES

    7. ERIN THOMPSON TEACHES ADVANCED MODERN CLASSES AT ZENON

    8. KEANE SENSE OF RHYTHM PRESENTS TAP CHURCH! (A WEEKLY JAM)

    9. GAGA/DANCER CLASSES IN TWIN CITIES WITH BERIT AHLGREN

    10. EXPRESSIVE MOVEMENT OFFERS ADULT INTEGRATED DANCE CLASS

    11. DROP-IN CLASSES AT ZENON DANCE SCHOOL - LAST WEEK OF FALL SESSION

    12. ZENON DANCE SCHOOL'S WINTER CLASSES - JANUARY 5 - MARCH 15

    13. PENELOPE FREEH TEACHES TWO WEEKLY CLASSES AT ZENON

    14. OPEN CLASSES AT TU DANCE CENTER - HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

    15. SOPHIA PIMSLER TEACHES IMPROVISATION TECHNIQUE AT ZENON

    WORKSHOPS, MASTER CLASSES and INTENSIVES

    16. JOIN ERIN THOMPSON FOR A “RING IN THE NEW YEAR” MODERN DANCE CLASS

    17. PILATES TEACHER TRAINING FOR THE TRAPEZE TABLE/CADILLAC

    18. ZENON DANCE SCHOOL WINTER WORKSHOP WEEK - DECEMBER 29 - JANUARY 2

    19. ZENON DANCE SCHOOL'S FREE WINTER OPEN HOUSE - JANUARY 3

    AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS

    20. CREO ARTS SEEKING MALE JAZZ DANCER

    21. AUDITION FOR ZENON DANCE ZONE - DECEMBER 20 AND JANUARY 3

    22. OPEN CALL FOR UNIVERSAL DANCE DESTINY’S MINISTRY 10TH ANNUAL WINTER SHOWCASE

    23. TWIN CITIES BALLET HAS TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR MALE DANCERS

    24. AUDITION FOR BALLET ROYALE’S PROFESSIONAL TRAINEE DIVISION

    25. DANCE INSTRUCTORS NEEDED FOR SATURDAY MORNINGS

    SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS

    26. REHEARSAL/CLASS SPACES AVAILABLE IN SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS AND BLOOMINGTON

    27. GYROTONIC AT MY SPIRAL MOTION! STUDIO

    28. TU DANCE CENTER STUDIO AVAILABLE FOR RENT

    29. STUDIO FOR RENT IN NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS

    DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and PODCASTS

    30. NEWEST WRITING IN CRITICISM EXCHANGE

    OTHER DANCE NEWS

    31. FRESH FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 2-18

    PERFORMANCES and EVENTS

    1. WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE PRESENTS KATIE MCMAHON’S CELTIC CHRISTMAS - DECEMBER 12

    The O'Shaughnessy's Women of Substance series presents Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas featuring the Corda Mor Irish Dancers, musicians and the Minnesota Boychoir at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, December 12.

    Dubbed Minnesota’s own “Celtic Woman,” Katie McMahon is best known as the original voice of Riverdance. Katie has graced the stage of The O’Shaughnessy for over 10 years, becoming one of the theater’s liveliest holiday traditions. Her ode to the holidays, Celtic Christmas celebrates the season through a family-friendly program of traditional Christmas carols, stories and lively Irish dance.

    This holiday season, the Minnesota Boychoir will join Katie as special guests along with the Corda Mor Irish Dancers. Musicians include Zack Kline (fiddle), Karen Mueller (autoharp and guitar) and Wolf Loescher (percussion), Jenny Russ, Nick Karageorgiou & Everett Vass. And fiddler Zack Kline’s band, The Orange Mighty Trio, will add to the musical highlights of the evening. The 75 performers range from award-winning instrumentalists and singers to champion Irish dancers. The program will feature beautiful Celtic carols along with new selections from France, Italy, Spain and Germany.

    Tickets are $27, with prices for seniors and children (under 18) at $12.

    Tickets are available online at http://oshag.stkate.edu/event/celtic-christmas, in person at The O'Shaughnessy Ticket Office or by phone at 651-690-6700. The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University is located at 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul.

    Contact: Connie Shaver, connieshaver@charter.net

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    2. BALLET MINNESOTA PRESENTS THE CLASSIC NUTCRACKER - DECEMBER 19-21

    Ballet Minnesota’s The Classic Nutcracker features newly crowned Rat King, December 19 – 21 at The O’Shaughnessy.

    Jalen Gisselquist of North Saint Paul has literally made leaps and bounds during his four short years as a ballet dancer. This year the 20-year-old will be a featured performer as the Rat King in Ballet Minnesota’s The Classic Nutcracker.

    “Last year was my first Nutcracker and I was only a party parent,” he said, referring to his role as a general member of the dance company. “So it is very exciting to be doing such an important role this year. “

    In addition to intense physical training for the role, Gisselquist is working on capturing the character of the Rat King in order to portray him in a way that is menacing but also fun. “I hope that my Rat King will be the kind of villain the audience loves to hate,” he said.

    Ballet Minnesota returns in its 27th Season to perform The Classic Nutcracker at The O’Shaughnessy, on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul,

    December 19-21.

    Ticket prices range from $16 to $42 with discounts for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, go to http://oshag.stkate.edu/event/nutcracker or call The O’Shaughnessy box office at 651-690-6700.

    Contact: Susan Ritt, sritt@hotmail.com

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    3. NUTCRACKER SCREENING AT AMC ROSEDALE - DECEMBER 21

    On December 21 at 11:55 AM, the AMC Rosedale 14 Theater will present a showing of a high definition video tape of the Bolshoi Ballet's live performance of The Nutcracker.

    Contact: sandy lipsky, lipsky4@yahoo.com

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    4. JAIME CARRERA PRESENTS ANTIHERO - JANUARY 10

    How far are we willing to go to stand by our convictions? Does living against the grain merit acclaim or scorn? How do we become our own person in a world full of groupthink?

    With dense choreography and his minimalist aesthetic, experimental performance artist Jaime Carrera makes a bombastic return to dance in his first evening-length show in over a year. ANTIHERO mixes a charged eighties pop soundtrack with a healthy dose of satire to delve into issues of perception and authenticity. Incorporating his signature blend of humor and outrage, Jaime presents an opus devoted to the power of individualism.

    Featuring tour de force performances by Jennifer Arave and Kimberly Lesik.

    ANTIHERO

    a new dance work by Jaime Carrera

    featuring

    Jennifer Arave and Kimberly Lesik

    Saturday, January 10th, 2015

    Doors 7pm, show 8pm

    Made Here pop-up gallery

    319 1st Ave N

    Downtown Minneapolis

    Free!

    Contact: Jaime Carrera, photojaime@hotmail.com

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    5. SOSSY MECHANICS PRESENTS TRICK BOXING - JANUARY 29 - FEBRUARY 8

    Sossy Mechanics’ Award Winning romantic comedy Trick Boxing is coming to Park Square Theatre’s new Andy Boss Thrust Stage in downtown Saint Paul, January 29-February 8.

    Having just been awarded “Outstanding Touring Production” by the Dallas-Ft. Worth Theater Critics Forum, Megan McClellan and Brian Sostek (Sossy Mechanics) bring their “brilliantly, cleverly funny” (The Scotsman) physical theater/dance production Trick Boxing back to the Twin Cities for two weeks of performances.

    In addition to restaging the popular show for the brand new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre, the pair will premiere both a new movement piece at the top of the show, and their innovative take on a post show Q&A: Trick Boxing Special Features.

    If you’ve got friends who think they don’t like dance, this could be the show that turns them. We’ve seen it happen. More than once.

    Bringing ballroom dancing and boxing head to head, this rags-to-riches story, set in the 1930s, and told with a firm nod to the aesthetics of black-and-white movies, is “a masterful production…a beautiful blend of theater, comedy, puppetry and dance,” (Minnesota Monthly) “a dazzling execution of an irresistible original tale, served with a twist of cleverness and heart” (Dallas Morning News), that continues to “send the entire audience, from cool 20-year-olds to pensioners, out of the theatre with a spring in their step.” (The Guardian)

    What’s not to like? Information and tickets at parksquaretheatre.org

    Contact: Connie Shaver, shaver@parksquaretheatre.org

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    6. UNIVERSAL DANCE DESTINY & MINISTRY PRESENTS 10th ANNUAL WINTER SHOWCASE - JANUARY 31

    Universal Dance Destiny & Ministry’s 10th Annual Winter Showcase is coming up on Saturday January 31st 2015! GET READY WORLD!

    Location: Fallout Art Co-op Studio Building

    2601 2nd Ave. S., MPLS 55408

    7-8:30pm $9 Admission, $7 Kids/College Students/Seniors

    We will have the actual flyer soon…

    Contact: Edna Stevens, info@universaldancedestiny.com

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    ONGOING CLASSES

    7. ERIN THOMPSON TEACHES ADVANCED MODERN CLASSES AT ZENON

    Please join Erin Thompson for advanced modern technique classes:

    Zenon Dance School, Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 am (Last class of 2014 on December 18)

    Classes feature live accompaniment.

    Zenon Dance School: 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

    Contact: Erin Thompson, thomp065@umn.edu

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    8. KEANE SENSE OF RHYTHM PRESENTS TAP CHURCH! (A WEEKLY JAM)

    A place where the tap community can come together, exchange ideas, and JAM!! Minneapolis is in need of a weekly jam for dancers to come together, connect with others in the community and work out our rhythmic "sins." (No religious affiliation.)

    Tap Church will be located at Celtic Junction every Sunday at 5:00pm

    $5 suggested donation (for space and other costs)

    836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

    ALL AGES. ALL LEVELS. ALL WELCOME

    Contact: Megan Wind, wind.megan@gmail.com

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    9. GAGA/DANCER CLASSES IN TWIN CITIES WITH BERIT AHLGREN

    Friday December 19th at the Southern Theater, 10-11:30am

    Saturday December 20th at the Southern Theater, 10-11:30am

    Monday December 22nd at TU Dance, 9:30-11:00am

    Tuesday December 23rd at TU Dance, 9:30-11:00am

    Friday January 2nd at TU Dance, 9:30-11:00am

    All classes are $14. No previous Gaga experience necessary.

    Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

    In 2011-2012, Berit Ahlgren lived for a year in Tel Aviv, Israel working closely with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance company to attain her Certified Gaga teaching certificate. She has been teaching regularly in the Twin Cities and now New York City since 2012.

    Contact: Berit Ahlgren, bcahlgren@gmail.com

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    10. EXPRESSIVE MOVEMENT OFFERS ADULT INTEGRATED DANCE CLASS

    Expressive Movements is excited to present a new class offering at Patrick’s Cabaret for Winter/Spring 2015.

    Adult Integrated Dance: Adult dancers of all abilities will come together to learn integrative dance. Dancers will learn improvisational dance and find new ways to adapt movement as a dance. Dancers with physical disabilities are strongly encouraged to attend along with those without disabilities.

    Every Other Thursday Starting January 15

    3pm-4:30pm: January 15 and 29; February 12 and 26; March 12 and 26

    $10 each week at Patrick's Cabaret

    3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    EXPRESSIVE MOVEMENTS

    2226 Oregon Court. St. Louis Park, MN 55426 | 952-807-3115

    expressivemovements.org| emdancemike@gmail.com facebook.com/expressive.movements.mpls

    Contact: Dan Sedgeman, 763-249-5003

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    11. DROP-IN CLASSES AT ZENON DANCE SCHOOL - LAST WEEK OF FALL SESSION

    Zenon Dance School holds weekly open classes with some of the best instructors in the Twin Cities! All ages and levels are welcome to take classes as a drop-in.

    This is a partial list, check out our website for a full schedule: http://www.zenondance.org/school/classes.html

    Be sure to check out our Winter Session Schedule at zenondance.org. January 5 - March 15

    ADULT ADVANCED/INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

    Wednesday:

    9:30-11:30am, Advanced Improvisation/Contact Improv with HIJACK

    Thursday:

    9:30-11am, Advanced Modern with Erin Thompson

    7:00-8:30pm, Intermediate 1 Modern with Dustin Haug

    Friday:

    9:30-11am, Body Re-Education with Rosy Simas and Krista Langberg

    9:30-11am, Advanced Jazz with Jennifer Glaws

    12-1:30pm, Intermediate 2 Ballet with Penny Freeh

    Saturday:

    10-11:30am, Intermediate 2 Modern with Hannah Kramer

    12:30-2pm, Intermediate Jazz with Rush Benson

    ADULT BEGINNING CLASSES

    Monday: 8-9pm, Beginning 1 Hip Hop with Arturo Miles

    Tuesday: 6:30-8pm, Beginning 1 Jazz with Allison Rubin

    Wednesday: 5:30-7pm, Beginning 1 Ballet with Marcia Keegan

    Thursday: 12-1:30pm, Beginning 1 Ballet with Renee Guittar

    Saturday:

    9-10am, Open Level Yoga with Ariel Linnerson

    9-10am, Fundamental Modern with Roxanne Wallace

    10-11:30am, Beginning 1 Modern with Roxanne Wallace

    12:30-2pm, Fundamental Ballet with Benjamin Johnson

    YOUTH CLASSES in Modern, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Creative Movement for ages 3-14. Check our schedule for details!

    Contact: Molly Johnston, molly@zenondance.org

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    12. ZENON DANCE SCHOOL'S WINTER CLASSES - JANUARY 5 - MARCH 15

    Registration for Winter Session is now open! Enroll or purchase class cards online, in person or by calling (612) 338-1101. Drop-ins are always welcome.

    Check out our winter class schedule at zenondance.org

    Purchase a gift card for the dancer in your life this holiday season. It's easy! Follow the link from our homepage at zenondance.org.

    Contact: Molly Johnston, molly@zenondance.org

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    13. PENELOPE FREEH TEACHES TWO WEEKLY CLASSES AT ZENON

    **PLEASE NOTE: These classes will not be held the weeks of 12/22 & 12/29**

    Tuesdays: Advanced Modern 9:30-11

    Fridays: Intermediate Ballet, 12-1:30

    Advanced Modern is a hybrid of several classical modern techniques and styles. Dancers begin with plies and tendus with a spiraling and contracting torso. Turn-out and rotation are discussed relative to working in parallel and natural turn-out. The class builds toward flat-backs, drop swings, deep lunges, falls and jumps. Concepts highlighted are dynamic range, energy in two directions, lateral and horizontal movement awareness, and musicality.

    Live accompaniment.

    Intermediate Ballet focuses on discovering how various bodies can accomplish the prescribed lines and forms of Ballet. We organize the hips and shoulders, leading to freedom of the legs and arms. Barre work logically leads to center combinations so that similar ideas translate and advance. The same values apply as listed above: dynamic range, energy in two directions, lateral and horizontal movement awareness, and musicality. Live accompaniment by Todd Price.

    Zenon, 528 Hennepin Ave., 4th floor

    Contact: Penelope Freeh, barefootpenny@gmail.com

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    14. OPEN CLASSES AT TU DANCE CENTER - HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

    There will be NO CLASSES the week of December 13-19.

    Monday, December 22: Gaga Dancers with Berit Ahlgren (9:30-11:00 am)

    Tuesday, December 23: Gaga Dancers with Berit Ahlgren (9:30-11:00 am)

    Wednesday, Dec. 24 - Friday, Dec. 26: NO CLASSES

    Monday, December 29: Ballet with Elayna Waxse (9:30-11:00 am)

    Tuesday, December 30: Modern with Erin Thompson (9:30-11:00 am)

    Wednesday, December 31: Ballet with Laurel Keen (9:30-11:00 am)

    Thursday, January 1: NO CLASS

    Friday, January 2: Gaga Dancers with Berit Ahlgren (9:30-11:00 am)

    To view the current class schedule at any time, please visit tudance.org/openschedule.

    Contact: Laura Levinson, laura.levinson@tudance.org

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    15. SOPHIA PIMSLER TEACHES IMPROVISATION TECHNIQUE AT ZENON

    Sophia Pimsler teaches Improvisation & Technique at Zenon beginning January 5th. Saturdays from 1:30-12:30pm. While creating a community of movement language, freedom of choice is encouraged. This hour of guided improvisation and technique is inspired by Sophia's training in gaga & gaga-inspired dance.

    Contact: Sophia Pimsler, sophia.pimsler@gmail.com

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    WORKSHOPS, MASTER CLASSES and INTENSIVES

    16. JOIN ERIN THOMPSON FOR A “RING IN THE NEW YEAR” MODERN DANCE CLASS

    Please join Erin Thompson for a "Ring in the New Year" modern dance class on New Year's Eve morning, December 31, 10:00am-12:00pm. Before you make your New Year's resolutions, come find peace with internal awareness, thrust your holiday limbs into the ground and fly across the floor, flinging 2014 away! Accompaniment by the wonderful and raucous Eric Mayson.

    Intermediate/advanced modern, December 31, 10:00am-12:00pm

    Zenon Dance School 528 Hennepin 4th floor

    $16 for two hour class

    Contact: Erin Thompson thomp065@umn.edu

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    17. PILATES TEACHER TRAINING FOR THE TRAPEZE TABLE/CADILLAC

    Cari Riis Stemmler, BB Pilates Master Teacher, PMA Gold® CPT and Tiza Wynn Riley

    Friday, January 9 to Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy

    Friday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Saturday 11:30 am - 6:30 pm

    Sunday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

    Prerequisite: Reformer III or Reformer certificate

    The Balanced Body Trapeze Table/Cadillac training provides a thorough introduction to the Trapeze Table exercises as well as applications for beginning, post-rehabilitation and advanced clients. This training is appropriate for students working with the Allegro Tower of Power, Half Trapeze and Wall Unit as well as those working with full Trapeze Tables. Sequencing programs using multiple pieces of equipment are covered as well as equipment set up, safety and maintenance.

    Paragon Pilates & Physical Therapy

    5101 Vernon Ave. South

    Suite 2A

    Edina MN 55436 USA

    cari@paragonpilatespt.com

    952-405-9765

    Class Fee $499.00

    Materials : $75.00

    Register:

    http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=13182&stype=-8&sView=week&sDate=5/10/2014

    Contact: Ginny Massie, ginny@paragonpilatespt.com or Cari Riis Stemmler,

    cari@paragonpilatespt.com

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    18. ZENON DANCE SCHOOL WINTER WORKSHOP WEEK - DECEMBER 29 - JANUARY 2

    Dance your way into the new year! Zenon Dance School is offering a variety of classes December 29-January 2 from $14-$16.

    Save on these workshops by taking advantage of the Early Bird Special: Register online before December 19th and receive $1 off.

    Drop-ins are welcome the day of workshops. Cash, check and Visa/Mastercard accepted.

    SCHEDULE:

    Monday, December 29

    10am-12pm-Contemporary Forms with Leslie Parker ($16)

    5:30-7pm-Intermediate Tap with Kaleena Miller ($14)

    Tuesday, December 30

    10am-12pm-Finding Your Groove with Erinn Liebhard ($16)

    5:30-7pm-Beginning/Intermediate Ballet with Becky Stanchfield ($14)

    Wednesday, December 31

    10am-12pm-Ringing in the New Year, Intermediate/Advanced Modern with Erin Thompson ($16)

    Friday, January 2

    10:30-12pm-Chakra Yoga Dance with Wendy Billie ($14)

    Visit our Facebook Event for more details about workshops and registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/637606003015723/

    Contact: Molly Johnston, molly@zenondance.org

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    19. ZENON DANCE SCHOOL'S FREE WINTER OPEN HOUSE - JANUARY 3

    Join us for a day of FREE classes at Zenon Dance School! January 3 from 10am-4pm

    Save $10 on all Winter Enrollments and 10-Class Cards!

    Register to win a FREE ENROLLMENT!

    FREE ADULT CLASSES

    10-11am Afro-Modern with Roxane Wallace

    11-12pm Modern with Dustin Haug (Zenon Dance Zone Audition)

    12-1pm Belly Dance with Stephanie Shapso

    12-1pm Improvisation with Sophia Pimsler

    1-2pm Jazz with Jennifer Glaws

    1-2pm Ballet with Marcia Keegan

    2-3pm Hip Hop with Stephanie Shapso

    2-3pm Inversion Dance with Jennifer Ilse

    3-4pm Lyrical with Corrine Gray

    3-4pm Tap with Ayumi Shafer

    FREE YOUTH CLASSES

    10-10:30am Creative Movement (ages 3-6) with Jesse Schmitz-Boyd

    10:30-11 am Hip Hop (ages 5-14) with Arturo Miles

    11-11:30 am Jazz (ages 7-14) with Corrine Gray

    11:30-12 pm Ballet (ages 7-14) with Corrine Gray

    Visit our Facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/744976752246466/

    Contact: Molly Johnston, molly@zenondance.org



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    AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS

    20. CREO ARTS SEEKING MALE JAZZ DANCER

    Established Dance Company Seeking Male Jazz/Lyrical Dancer 16 years and up- Hip hop and tumbling a plus.

    Performance is January 7, Wednesday night at a local venue.

    There is pay.

    One or two rehearsals before Christmas would be ideal if at all possible.

    Rehearsal location is in Wayzata and in Brooklyn Park.

    One or two rehearsals between Christmas and New Years.

    Then with full cast January 3 and 4.

    Please visit the website below and respond with your interest.

    www.creoartsconservatory.com

    Contact: Cory Johnson, cory.johnson1@aol.com

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    21. AUDITION FOR ZENON DANCE ZONE - DECEMBER 20 AND JANUARY 3

    Saturday, December 20

    Registration: 9:30 AM

    Audition Class: 10:00AM-11:30 AM

    Zenon Studio 4A

    Saturday, January 3

    Registration: 10:30 AM

    Audition Class: 11:00AM-12:00 PM

    Zenon Studio 4A

    Zenon Dance Zone is an intensive study and performance program that offers students the opportunity to study with first-rate instructors, work with area choreographers and perform in a studio concert at the end of the session. Students are chosen by audition and their tuition is subsidized by partial scholarship.

    The program is divided into two levels:

    Technique Level: Provides students the opportunity to enhance their creative and technical skills and explore new dance styles.

    Performance Level: Provides an opportunity for students to work with area choreographers and perform in an end-of-session concert.

    Tuition: UNLIMITED CLASSES at Zenon Dance School for the Winter/Spring Sessions!

    Technique Level-$490 (only $49 per week for 10 weeks*)

    Performance Level-$880 (only $44 per week for 20 weeks)

    (Payment plans available. Work-study opportunities available to help subsidize a portion of tuition.)

    *Auditions for the Spring Session Technique Level will be held in March.

    If you are interested in Zone but cannot attend the audition, please contact Zone Coordinator, Molly Johnston, to find out how you can still join!

    Check out our Facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522124391392914/?source=1

    Contact: Molly Johnston, molly@zenondance.org

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    22. OPEN CALL FOR UNIVERSAL DANCE DESTINY’S MINISTRY 10TH ANNUAL WINTER SHOWCASE

    Our organization is in the process of planning our 10th consecutive yearly showcase. We feature new and seasoned acts that are primarily dance! Our selection process is partially based on pulling acts that were well received by our audience in the past. We have developed long lasting relationships with educational facilities who receive new students in their step and dance teams, that participate in the showcase yearly. We also welcome new performance acts that have never been a part. Our showcase gives performers, especially youth, the platform to present their artistic work to a diverse audience while our organization handle all production costs. The showcase is open to all, including people with disabilities, to either perform or volunteer.

    To inquire to perform, send a link of your artistic work to info@universaldancedestiny.com.

    To volunteer, send an email with `Volunteering` in the subject heading. Let`s make it happen again folks!

    Contact: Edna Stevens, info@universaldancedestiny.com

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    23. TWIN CITIES BALLET HAS TWO OPPORTUNITIES FOR MALE DANCERS

    Seeking:

    1) A professional male Dancer for the 2014–15 spring season as a full company member salaried employee, January to mid-may 2015

    2) Company Trainee: on-going openings for an advanced male student to both train with TCB's official school, Ballet Royale Minnesota, in its Professional Trainee Division day program with educational financial aid packet, and take class and dance with TCB company members for the 2014-2015 season.

    Applicants must have advanced classical ballet and contemporary (modern) technique, strong performance skills, and who have an excellent work ethic and a desire to continually grow and advance both technically and artistically.

    Interested dancers should contact Twin Cities Ballet's Artistic Director Denise Vogt at info@TwinCitiesBallet.org or call 952-452-3163. Video links of class and/or performances in different genres is recommended but not required.

    Dancers will receive company class each weekday afternoon, with rehearsals primarily on the weekends during non-performance weeks. Expect to participate in TCB's new spring production of Narnia in May at the south metro's premier professional theater, the Ames Center, as well as other smaller venues doing shorter mixed genre pieces as additional opportunities arise throughout the year.

    Interested dancers: for more information on applying and/or to arrange an audition with the company, please contact us at info@TwinCitiesBallet.org or call 952-452-3163.

    http://www.twincitiesballet.org/documents/TCBCCompanyAudition.htm

    Contact: Denise Vogt, info@twincitiesballet.org

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    24. AUDITION FOR BALLET ROYALE’S PROFESSIONAL TRAINEE DIVISION

    Unique in Minnesota, Ballet Royale's PROFESSIONAL TRAINEE DIVISION is an elite daytime training program that provides a comprehensive advanced course of study for talented, ambitious and committed students from all over the country who wish to maximize their personal growth and/or pursue dance professionally. All students in this program are on partial scholarship, and ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM IS BY AUDITION AND INVITATION ONLY.

    This weekday afternoon program provides training in Ballet Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Performance (Musical Theater) Jazz, Modern (Contemporary) dance, Repertoire, Pas de Deux, independent workshops, guest teachers, personal coaching, Pilates/Injury Prevention, Advanced Variations and multiple performance opportunities. In addition to receiving the finest professional dance training, Professional Trainee Division students also serve as apprentices with Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, the resident dance company of Ames Center (formerly Burnsville Performing Arts Center), and train alongside TCB's professional company members.

    AUDITION INFORMATION:

    To accommodate the various schedules of potential Professional Trainee Division participants, students interested in auditioning for the program should contact Ballet Royale directly and arrange to take an audition class.

    For more information and to schedule an audition class: Call 952-898-3163 or email info@BalletRoyaleMN.org

    Contact: Rick Vogt, info@balletroyalemn.org

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    25. DANCE INSTRUCTORS NEEDED FOR SATURDAY MORNINGS

    Seeking experienced, joyful dance instructors to teach Recreational Adult Classes and/or Children’s Dance Classes for young kids (@2-5) and kids from (@6-11). Genres to be determined. Interested in Ballet, Barre, Pilates, Combo classes (ballet/modern/jazz) for adults. Children’s classes like ballet and jazz. Dance Imagination or Creative Movement for the youngest students. Must be able to work Saturday mornings, as early as 8, for adult classes. We are a semi-new dance fitness studio in Northeast Minneapolis. Check out our website to learn about our studio: http://www.straightlinedancefitness.com

    Send a letter of interest and resume to straightlinedancefitness@gmail.com

    Contact Gretchen Bierbaum, straightlinedancefitness@gmail.com

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    SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS

    26. REHEARSAL/CLASS SPACES AVAILABLE IN SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS AND BLOOMINGTON

    Great location at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Jawaahir Dance Company studio at the corner of Minnehaha and Lake behind Patrick’s Cabaret. Over 2000 square feet with windows, 2 mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking. Only 2 blocks from the Lake Street / Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Fully handicapped accessible.

    Bloomington location at 9050 Lyndale Ave in the lower level of the Great Bear Shopping Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area.

    Visit our website at http://jawaahir.org/SpaceRental.htm for photo and more information.

    Email Eileen at genmanager@jawaahir.org or call 612-872-6050 for pricing and availability.

    Contact: Eileen Goren, genmanager@jawaahir.org

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    27. GYROTONIC AT MY SPIRAL MOTION! STUDIO

    My Spiral Motion! Studio offers GYROTONIC exercise in the Longfellow neighborhood! Discount dancer rates available please inquire, and stay tuned for gyrokinesis classes at the Cowles Center in 2015!

    The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® is a series of exercises that guide users to simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles while also articulating and mobilizing the joints. Corresponding breathing patterns are engaged thereby increasing coordination, endurance and aerobic capacity. The system utilizes personal attention and a beautiful specially designed piece of equipment into a non-impact mindful practice.

    For more information please see: www.myspiralmotion.com

    Contact: Brittany Keefe, myspiralmotion@gmail.com

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    28. STUDIO FOR RENT IN NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS

    Our dance studio is available to rent in our off-hours (such as Saturday afternoons, Sundays, Weekdays early mornings, mid-afternoons, evenings).

    Our amenities:

    -800 square foot of dance space, with bamboo floors over an 80% shock absorbent dance pad. -One mirrored wall

    -Double bars along the mirrored wall and a single bar along the opposing wall

    -A male and a female changing room with cubbies

    -A lounge area

    -Free wi-fi from our neighbors

    -A Bose sound system

    -High Ceilings with beautiful light

    -Free street and lot parking

    Located in Northeast’s Grain Belt Brewery Complex just north of Broadway along the river. 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413 Easy to get to from 94W.

    Email straightlinedancefitness@gmail.com for pricing and availability. Check out our website at http://www.straightlinedancefitness.com/our-studio.html

    Contact: Gretchen Bierbaum, straightlinedancefitness@gmail.com

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    29. TU DANCE CENTER STUDIO AVAILABLE FOR RENT

    TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studio for rent when available.

    TU Dance Center has a 33x56 feet dance studio with sprung floor and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, grand piano, sound equipment, high ceilings and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette and dressing room, and free off-street parking.

    TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side: 2121 University Avenue West, St. Paul, 55114.

    Please email abdo.sayegh@tudance.org for rates and more information.

    Contact: Laura Levinson, laura.levinson@tudance.org

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    DANCE WRITING, REVIEWS and PODCASTS

    30. NEWEST WRITING ON CRITICISM EXCHANGE

    New this week:

    Sally Rousse writes on Choreographers’ Evening, curated by Kenna Cottman:

    https://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/choreographers-evening-42-vicious-and-deep-by-sally-rousse/

    Karen Sherman writes on Soft Fences, by Megan Mayer:

    https://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/great-work-today-megan-mayers-soft-fences/

    For lots more writing, visit http://criticismexchange.wordpress.com/

    Contact: Theresa Madaus, theresa.madaus@gmail.com


    OTHER DANCE NEWS

    31. FRESH FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 2-18

    FRESH Festival is an annual Festival of Experimental Dance and Performance in San Francisco, CA produced by ALTERNATIVA, offering an abundance of body-based art, action and interaction at the start of the new year. FRESH Festival 2015 features cutting-edge performances, practices and exchanges from January 2-18 at Joe Goode Annex, CounterPulse and F8, facilitated by some of the Bay Area's finest experimental dance makers, masters and upstarts. FRESH invites participants and audiences from around the world to activate the body, witness exceptional art, invigorate the community and cultivate new perspectives in dance and performance.

    FRESH Festival 2015 focuses on Roots + Branches, examining ecologies of local histories and futures, renegotiating ancestral and contemporary intersections of nature, body and community; exploring memory and information sharing, and creating sustainable systems of cultural contextualization and preservation.

    FRESH 2015 offers 3 ways to engage in these inquiries; FRESH Performances - 3 weekends of new work by 10 experimental dance artists, FRESH Practices - 2 weeks of Intensives and 3 weekends of Labs in dance, performance and related forms, and FRESH Exchanges - 13 easy access community events.

    For the full event schedule please visit http://www.freshfestival.org

    Contact: Janine Trinidad, j9trini@gmail.com

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